As the other parties often are blunt, let us be the same. It is certainly hoped that our dear counterparts RUS/CCP/NK, would not conduct operations to show their abilities in conduct that would amount to their own destruction of trade, finance, and man power and facility, namely their own.
It is hoped that said parties would be professional and cooperative in all realms of diplomacy; not to do so is simply futile. Peace.
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Zelenskyy reiterated Wednesday that he would be willing to negotiate with Putin directly but said Moscow needs to retreat to the positions it held before the invasion and must show it's ready to “shift from the bloody war to diplomacy.”
Is he serious? In what fantastic scenerio does he see that happening? Dig in, it's going to be long war. Tragic reality.
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Turkey Says No to Sweden and Finland Joining NATO- Bloomberg
If your not going to allow a brave Ukraine in, why would NATO accept Sweden and Finland?
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“History will determine why Finland needed to turn its territory into a bulwark of military face-off with Russia while losing independence in making its own decisions,”
It's sad when you give the enemy the moral highground and you haven't even fired a shot. A coward truly dies a thousand deaths.
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These actions though possibly no crippling to Russia will pay dividends after the war. There is line being drawn, on one side, who is for the invasion and destruction of Ukraine and the killing of innocent civilians, and on the other, who is absolutely against it. When it's all over the victors will write the history, and yistory will say Japan stood against Russia; not a bad move at qll
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With this visit though, it could be that Japan has become a defacto leader of those wanting to end thier dependency on Russian crude and other exports, and therefore build a better working relationship with the U.S. and Asia. I hope they are here on a 'how to' mission. That's a diplomatic gold medal for Japan. Time will tell.
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Unless they are here asking about how to get 100percent off Russian imports and crure oil, they need go back to Europe and hide. Joining NATO for them the s pointless
Any country not completely dedicated to ending Russian imports, is outright supporting Russia and and thier invasion of Ukraine. That's just the way of the beast.
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Macron and Sholtz interest in anything should make any world leader cringe.
Any union formed now or even 10 years from now would be absolutely worthless past paper. This is simply a way for European leaders and their backers to feel less guilty. Anyone who is worrh their salt in research could see that.
These European leaders and thier corporate sponsers are like 7th gate if hell evil. They are buying oil from Russia, who intern funds thier military who by cause and effect go out and destroy Ukraine, and they know it.
Any country still buying oil from Ukraine or supporting it, or who doesn't support a full stop of any Russian import has no right trying to form some paper union; And you gotta know Zelenskyy knows it too. It madness.
The only they got coming is revolution.
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Enough has been said about this, and everyone can surmise the terrible truth of the situation.
Thank you Japan for being strong and seeing the light. God bless.
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Same with Putin. I got the feeling, even if they managed to be able to push the button, if pushed, nothing would happen. Dud city; the next thing that would happen is revolution. And maybe, accidentally obliteration of thier country. This why they're not that careless. They talk like crazy people, until their wives walk through the door, lol.
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One day people will forgive her for selling out, you just know she lives in absolute regret these days. She was human, but she had such a responsibility; and she let her people down, now the hand that tempted her will now incarcerate her. I too hope the tribute they pay to her one day will be a beautiful one; also a cautionary tale of how power and lavishness can truly corrupt even the most spirited and militant of activists; it makes one contemplate. Peace.
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Actually, what the should do is save the fuel, and shadow them with reconnaissance drones. Let's Them know they are being identified, monitored, recorded but not feared. In this day and age, eez intrusion is done for more than just intelligence gathering; Fighter jets in the air are probably seen as Japan showing it's hand, and probably seen as a weakness.
After all China, barring the diplomatic firestorm, could put hundreds or even thousands of aircraft in the air, and tens of tens of warships in the waters near the islands, and Japan could do nothing about it except complain. Their defense would be overwhelmed, and the U.S. would be drawn in to the biggest sea battle in history, and in the end no one would get the islands.
So they are obviously not there for anything more than to pester. It should be treated as such.
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Russia in recent weeks has accused Ukrainian forces of striking targets on Russian soil,
Number 1, That right there is pathetic.
Number 2, WW3? Calm down. You ought to ashamed.
Number 3 if ww3 is what's you want, be careful what you wish for.
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Well, what can be said is that anyone who truly knows about Will and Jada's relationship or marriage, and all the turmoil, then they know what happened on that stage had nothing to do with chivalry. You can't be in a relationship like theirs and think you have that ability.; That ship sailed long ago. What happened up there was rage and manipulation at the highest level.
I feel terrible for Chris and the Will, it's just both very traumatic and a tragedy. It could have been such very different night.
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Nuclear negotiations nearly reached completion on the deal earlier this month before Russia demanded that its trade with Iran be exempted from Western sanctions over Ukraine, throwing the process into disarray.
Well let's be clear; to sign a deal and let Russia make money, while they are doing monstrous acts in Ukraine would be a bridge to far, that's frankly insane. Don't blame the the U.S. for this one. You can put this one squarely on Russia. Pragmatism yes; insanity, definitely no.
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...China knew that Putin “was planning something” before the invasion of Ukraine, but the Chinese government “may not have understood the full extent" of what Putin had in mind.
Remember Russia has over 800,000 casualties, after the battle of Kursk. That's one battle.
Is China willing to support and back all that potential death and destruction?
If Putin looses 100,000 to take one country judging by Russia's past, He will think it was nothing.
I don't think China is willing to go along with that, or NK, or Iran, or India.
Putin's thinking long term, so I think we are in for a very long and truly bloody, protracted war if China and India support him outright. That has to be circulating at in the Chinese, and Indian government back corridors.
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I think there are some who believe a narrative that says the west does not really know what's going on between Russia and China; that thier alliance was a surprise; in truth it was not.
America and the west knew, they did. They also knew about Russia's grievances, and that they go back as far as Clinton, when we promised that NATO would not go an inch more east once Germany joined NATO, in fact they expanded even more; no one was blindsided.
Remember NATO may carry influence, but it is by nature a defensive entity; and if the inaction of NATO even now militarly in the face of such destruction is not proof enough of that I don't know what is.
It just begs the question, what is Russia planning to do, that they detest NATO at it's borders do much?
What is not to be condoned but is by countries like China and India, is that since Russia was not satisfied with the situation; that it gives them the right to invade another nation that they themselves agreed to be in existence after the Soviet Union fell.
They have killed maimed, caused great destruction to thier own cultural brethren for nothing warranting such a thing, and if anyone harbors support for what Russia is doing to Ukraine now, they should be ashamed of themselves, that they do not hold life and freedom in a more high regard as the west does, and certainly the Ukrainians themselves.
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I think there are some who feel Russia have had good reason to go into Ukraine for its own interests. These entities need to understand that theory and diplomacy are fine, but when you actually enter another country and start killing and destruction; it's no longer on the table to come back to negotiate. It's over; you need to be taken out.
Not wanting NATO on your doorstep may have been a valid issue, not sure of the danger or that being, it would have led to war because NATO is by nature a defensive force. It leads only the conclusion that states that take an absolutists stance to their policy, tend to end up being insane, and there is no negotiating with the truly insane. And ultimately it only ends in catastrophy if it is not identified, and put to an end within its generation. if not it will lead to what we see here today and are experiencing.
It appears we have been very naive, and very greedy in this generation and in generations past. Let us hope the future children's children will be more wise and act accordingly.
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This is happening because we are ignoring fact over profits. Fact Putin has chosen a scorched earth policy because Ukraine is not surrendering, and the west continues sanctions, that do little but say a lot, which inflicts a backlash for his constituents and creates a negative image for him. So in order to save face he's truly taken the tyrannical road. We will all pay in some way, be it for inaction, indecisiveness, miscalculation, or just flat fear, and cowardliness. God help us all.
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NATO has said it has no plans to implement such a no fly zone, which would bar all unauthorized aircraft from flying over Ukraine. Western officials have said a main reason is a desire to not widen the war beyond Ukraine.
Strategically thinking, what is wrong with the above statement? I guess there has not been enough unprovoked and non-discriminate violence, death and chaos to intercede yet. This absolute madness.
Did you know? Russia just took 400,000 hostages in Maripul, because of NATO inaction.
Fact, at this point Russian losses are not impacting their war fighting capabilities, and the sanctions clearly are not working,
And NATO weapons and aid are only trickling in, and that will probably get worse.
And on top of that, Putin is now saying, Ukraine probably won't exist in the future; which he never even really wanted anyways.
Western powers need to step it up and stop living in sanctions la-la land. But I believe now they are getting the message.
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Well, at least we know for sure; China is in bed with a monster. As for Putin, he's not going anywhere. Russia has said sanctions are the same as a declaration of war; so I wonder what it will take for the sanctions to to be levied last for at least 20 years, and a no-fly zone put into effect? What are we waiting for? More death, more destruction, more conquest? Which is it?
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The vote on the resolution, entitled “Aggression against Ukraine,” was 141-5 with 35 abstentions.
Honestly, this is really an embarrassment.
Russia, just went into sovereign nation with death and destruction, and and said basically, 'We will control what goes on here and if you don't like it we will level your civilization, and take lives'.
And what is India, and China and 38 other country's response? Either they said nothing, or they sided with Russia.
If you are Russia, are you worried? I don't think so. And this vote wasn't even enforceable.
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And by defense, I don't mean the commitment of military hardware, which let's face it, are not the latest tech, and are probably antiquated. Not to mention the aircraft committed, Mig29's really?
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Honestly, I see and I hear the unity of Europe, but quite frankly speaking, not immediately accepting Ukraine into the European union over reasons of admin and time restrictions etc. Is very telling. For Georgia as well. I think possibly the EU or NATO, does not understand Russian strategy, military prowess, their military objective s , the Russian culture, government or society in it's entirety.
I watched official after official give speech after speech at both the EU council and at the UN. All of them pledging their "support" but I heard none willing to commit to it's defense on the ground. Big mistake, and both Russia and China are watching.
If I were the Moldova government, I would be very worried. Ukraine seems to be nothing more than an example of what Russia's capabilities are, and they seem undeterred by sanctions.
There is so much to analyze, and so much to say. But the main advice I would give any government in that region, is to rely less on sanctions, and more on man power and military strength.
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Something we need to think about strategically, is that as hysterical Putin may become with the Ukraine resistance; the fear that he may use nuclear weapons is very real; low yield nuclear bombs may seem an option to him. I think we need to be aware that Russia is still very dangerous, and has been planning this for years. To think that we can end this in a couple of weeks is very naive; especially when they are still exporting oil, to western nation no less, and are still pressing forward with their offensive, though bogged down.
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Russia is invading another nation. This monstrous. However as people evacuate there are reports of foreign nationals being thrown out of trains and beaten at the borders. This is unacceptable. It's fascist, biast and racist.
fair enough but, it is no excuse for not upholding human dignity and humanitarian goodwill.
People are under stress ... and when people are scared they become egoist and forget about everything,” she said.
If they behave this way, they might as well lay down arms and let Russia take over.
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Do not be mistaken, this has little to do with good and evil, every player in this has issues; there are no angels here; what we are talking about is a monstrous act committed by a state. This government does not want to evolve; but wants to devolve to a savage time, where they could easily control the world; and now western powers and Ukraine especially will need to fight within thier own means and bring this monster to heal; the very fate of democracy as we know it hangs in the balance, and the lesser monsters are helping and watching.
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The people can and should decide upon how they want to be governed, and by whom, and behind what borders, not by an invading force, that's wants to change democracy as we know it.
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Look, Russia has about what 560 billion in their war chest, that they have divulged to the public; which means they probably have about a trillion if not more. They also have China which will bank roll them another trillion. Not to mention the the hundreds if not thousands of tons of gold they have, and we cant even account for all the crypto they have. They have endless means of moving around their money because china will be their bank and money launderer. they are quite possibly laughing at our monetary sanctions. I mean who in their right mind would rely on a system that could shut you down at a moments notice? On top of all that, they have the power to veto at the U.N. Security council, and they are nuclear. And you just know that Iran and North Korea and every other well versed adversary nation has done the same thing.
This goes beyond bringing back the old soviet union; this all speaks to redefining democracy and the monetary system in the modern world, and the western world will not have the majority vote by a long shot. But China and Russia will; if don't do something different right now.
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I will only say this, Russia DOES NOT NEED THE SWIFT system. they have not needed it for at least a decade. i hope we have something more powerful upstream planned.
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